Bromwich bracing for ruffled Roosters

Jessie Bromwich is preparing for a brutal battle in the forwards when the Storm face the Roosters on Saturday afternoon at AAMI Park.

The Roosters were stunned 36-18 by the Sea Eagles in Manly on Sunday and will be desperate to bounce back in the top-of-the-table clash.

"It's going to be a tough game, we all have to do our job," Bromwich said.

"The forward battle is going to be crucial to getting the two points on the weekend. The Roosters have been going along well this year but had a slip up last week – it makes it a tougher game this week."

 


The Storm prop nominates New Zealand firebrand Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Dylan Napa as the two Roosters forwards his side will need to contain.

"Those two in particular – they bring aggression, especially in their defence," he said. 

"For us, it is trying to match them with that, work as a pack and as a team. That's our strength. We've been using each other really well this year."

Bromwich said the Storm were bracing for a backlash after the Roosters were outmuscled by a rejuvenated Sea Eagles pack on Sunday. 

"They will be more fired up," Bromwich said.

"Coming off a loss, they obviously (will be) fired up the next week. 

"It's a top-of-the-table clash as well, so they're going to come down here trying to prove themselves."

Bromwich leads the run metres tally for Melbourne's forwards, despite missing a few games this season. With his time off the park he says he's feeling fresh in the run home to the finals.

"I've missed a bit of footy this year, feeling as good as I can at this time of the season. Definitely don't need a rest. If I get a tap on the shoulder, I'll probably be declining that," he joked.

"It's been a bumpy season for me, but I'm just trying to play out the year and play good footy for the club."

Bromwich may be the Storm's pack leader but says he's not dishing out advice to the likes of Felise Kaufusi and Tim Glasby.

"I try to lead the way through my actions," Bromwich said.

"I'm not really in their ear too much. They're doing a great job this year. This is the best the young players are doing in their careers. 

"Hopefully they start playing their best footy in the business end of the season."